Norquist has amassed considerable clout over the last couple of decades by managing to get hundreds of Republicans in elective office to sign a controversial pledge vowing never to vote for a tax increase.
But there was growing feeling Sunday that the anti-tax crusader and his pledge were quickly becoming irrelevant as several party bigwigs said they would abandon the vow and analysts openly questioned his continued relevance.
"Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing," Republican political strategist Matthew Dowd told ABC television's "This Week" program.
"The only good thing about Grover Norquist is, he's named after a character from 'Sesame Street,'" Dowd said.
Americans for Tax Reform lists 219 of 435 incoming Representatives and 39 of 100 incoming Senators who have signed Grover's pledge.
Of those 33 Representatives and 12 Senators have renounced their pledge as of 12/6/12. This leaves 186 Representatives and 27 Senators.
16 incoming Republican Representatives and 6 incoming Republican Senators never signed the pledge. 66 incoming Republicans oppose it.
Robert Andrews (NJ-01) - Charles Boustany (LA-03) - Howard Coble (NC-06) - Tom Cole (OK-04) - John Campbell (CA-45) Rick Crawford (AR-01) - Charlie Dent (PA-15) - Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) - Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) - Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) Chris Gibson (NY-19) - Kay Granger (TX-12) - Walter Jones (NC-03) - Peter King (NY-02) - John Kline (MN-02) - Tom Latham (IA-03) Buck McKeon (CA-25) - Pat Meehan (PA-07) - Tom Marino (PA-10) - Rich Nugent (FL-11) - Erik Paulsen (MN-03) - Tom Reed (NY-23) Reid Ribble (WI-08) - Scott Rigell (VA-02) - Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) - Tom Rooney (FL-17) - Dennis Ross (FL-15) - Jon Runyan (NJ-03) John Shimkus (IL-15) - Mike Simpson (ID-02) - Adrian Smith (NE-03) - Lee Terry (NE-02) - Dan Webster (FL-10) Lamar Alexander (TN-SEN) - Kelly Ayotte (NH-SEN) - Saxby Chambliss (GA-SEN) - Tom Coburn (OK-SEN) - Bob Corker (TN-SEN) Mike Crapo (ID-SEN) - Mike Enzi (WY-SEN) - Lindsey Graham (SC-SEN - Mike Johanns (NE-SEN) - John McCain (AZ-SEN) Jeff Sessions (AL-SEN) - David Vitter (LA-SEN)
Americans for Tax Reform lists 238 of 435 outgoing Representatives and 41 of 100 outgoing Senators who have signed Grover's pledge.
Of those 44 Representatives and 13 Senators have renounced their pledge as of 12/6/12. This leaves 194 Representatives and 28 Senators.
6 outgoing Republican Representatives and 7 outgoing Republican Senators never signed the pledge. 67 outgoing Republicans oppose it, 76 total.
Charlie Bass (NH-02) - Ben Chandler (KY-06) - Chip Cravaack (MN-08) - Robert Dold (IL-10) - Jeff Flake (AZ-06) - Nan Hayworth (NY-19) Tim Johnson (IL-15) - Steve LaTourette (OH-14) - Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) - Bob Turner (NY-09) - Allen West (FL-22) Ben Nelson (NE-SEN)